Devon Sawa was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Joyce, a homemaker, and Edward Sawa, a refrigeration mechanic. His father is of Polish descent and his mother is "a little bit of everything".
He started his career in 1992 as a children's action toy spokesperson and was a very successful teen star during the 1990s. His most notable Hollywood film roles were Casper, Wild America, Idle Hands, and Final Destination. In 2000, he portrayed the role of Stan, the obsessed Eminem fan in the music video "Stan" alongside singer Dido who played Stan's girlfriend. He has continued to work steadily on films in recent years, mostly direct-to-video releases and independent projects.
Above all, Mr. Sawa is still alive and survived being a youth in Hollywood.